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  • Day3

    Cerro San Cristóbal

    September 24 in Chile

    Hoppla, hab mich direkt mal verlaufen und bin spontan 1.000 Höhenmeter auf den Cerro San Cristóbal gelaufen! Wollte eigentlich nur auf den 450 m hohen Berg, aber der Weg hat sich gelohnt! Heute ist es leider wesentlich bewölkten als gestern, aber der Blick auf die schneebedeckten Anden ist dennoch beeindruckend!

    Gestern bin ich gut in Chile angekommen! Der Flug hat erstaunlicherweise trotz sehr kurzen Umsteigezeiten in Madrid und São Paulo sehr gut geklappt! Nachdem ich dem Taxi Fahrer wohl sein Abendessen inkl.5köpfiger Familie für die nächste Woche gezahlt habe, hab ich die Umgebung 2 Stunden erkundet und 12 Stündchen gepennt! Das Hostel ist klasse: sauber, riesig und viele nette Menschen mit tollen Tipps!

    Heute Abend gehe ich dann mit einem DLL Kollegen aus Chile Abend essen und hole mir weitere Tipps :) das macht DLL wohl aus! Freu mich sehr auf die kommende Zeit und bin jetzt wohl da angekommen wo ich die letzten 3 Jahre hinwollte :)
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  • Day32

    Der Abspann

    March 21 in Chile

    Eigentlich bin ich mit der Reise am Ende. Die ungewollte Verkürzung im Cajón sollte mich nun zum vielempfohlenen Stadtspaziergang durch Santiago führen.
    Die Hauptstadt war bisher für mich nur Versorgungsstation und notwendiges Übel. Ich fahre ja auch nicht nach Berlin wegen der Luft. Nähere Recherchen ergaben durchaus zwei ansatzweise reizvolle Ziele: Den Cerro St. Lucia und den Cerro San Cristóbal. Den ersten Hügel umrahmt eine Parkanlage, die für ein gastronomisches Event geschlossen ist. Kenne ich schon. Kann ich mit umgehen. Dafür habe ich dann den Cerro San Cristóbal nicht auf der Normalroute sondern weglos und allein erklommen. Diesmal waren Erfahrung und Fingerfertigkeit gefragt. Der Ausblick auf die Stadt erscheint dem Kenner einzigartig und eröffnet neue Perspektiven, dem Wanderer als Moloch, der in klarem Kontrast zu der östlich aufragenden Bergkette steht. Ich erinnere mich gern an das Wochenende auf dem Cerro de la Cruz. Unten bereiten die Gastronomen im Barrio Bellavista das kommende Nightlife vor. Das Leben auf den Märkten mag ich. Gern genieße ich die Gerüche an den Fischständen. Die Gemüsehändler haben ihre Waren sorgfältig gestapelt. Ich möchte am liebsten darin schwimmen.
    Am Schluss noch das Museo precolumbino mit sehenswerten Artefakten des Kontinents aus der Zeit vor der europäischen Entdeckung.
    Nicht zu übersehen für einen Tagestouristen sind die Dinge, die hier nur schwierig funktionieren oder nicht. Ich fühle mich immer wieder herausgefordert, um Prozesse zu verbessern, weil das so einfach wäre. Aber das will hier keiner wissen. Und ich bleibe sprachlos. Vielleicht muss ich auch einfach mal wieder weiter.

    Und was wird dein nächster Weg sein?
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  • Day17

    Santiago de Chile

    March 26 in Chile

    Von Punta Arenas mit Stopover in Puerto Mont landeten wir um 14:30 Uhr nun zum 2. Mal innert kurzer Zeit am Flughafen in Santiago.
    Unser Hostel ist unglaublich toll, farbig und verwinkelt - Ich habe mich beim Verlassen des Zimmers promt verlaufen!
    Hungrig wie wir waren landeten wir unweit vom Hostal direkt auf der Pío Nono - wohl DER Bar-,Restaurant- und Ausgehstrasse Santiagos. Wir verweilten dann auch den ganzen Abend und die halbe Nacht und feierten unsere Ankunft gebührend.Read more

  • Day19

    Santiago de Chile

    March 28 in Chile

    ☆ Hop on hop off Tour durch Santiago
    ☆ Restaurant-Suche im "Zentrum" bei der Plaza de Armas: wir landen bei einem riesigen Markt, halbe Kühe werden auf den Schultern getragen, Chilenen essen mittags wohl in Stehkneipen oder an Fastfood Ständen.
    ☆ Ein Mal mehr essen im Patio Bellavista
    ☆ Mühselige Autosuche: noch vor ein paar Tagen hatte es viele viele zur Auswahl - also liessen wir uns nicht stressen... heute nun scheinen alle Autos bereits vergeben zu sein. Wir ergatterten uns (hoffentlich) einen kleinen, teueren Camper im Internet.
    ☆ Super cooles Restaurant gefunden: Azotea Matilde
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  • Day2

    Santiago - Sights and Food

    February 17 in Chile

    Today was our first full day in Santiago. We left the hotel early, and encountered deserted streets. Apparently the Santiaguenos are not a morning people, which is not too surprising as the streets were teaming with people at midnight when we were strolling last night.

    We spent much of the day on a walking tour, taking in the sights and sounds, and learning a bit about the history of Chile. Of course, no stop in the Chilean history tour is complete without a discussion of Allende and Pinochet. On our walking tour, we actually met a woman who had recently returned to Chile after living in Canada for over 40 years — seems that she was a big supporter of Allende and had to flee the country after his “suicide.” (Today there is much debate in Chile about whether Allende actually killed himself or was murdered.). From talking to her, and listening to our guide, we learned that in the last 5 years many Chileans who fled the country are returning as they “retire,” but their adult children who were raised abroad are not particularly interested in coming “home.” We also met an interesting guy who is on a program called “Remote Year,” which facilitates people working remotely in 12 different cities over the course of a year. Hmmm. . . I wonder if I could make that work while still practicing law????

    In the afternoon we went on a food tour with the lovely Carolina from Foody Chile. (Sadly, I forgot to take her photo.). The food was fine, but she was just delightful and graciously told us all about her life in Santiago. (Honestly, meeting interesting people is one of the best parts of a food tour.). We learned that Chile is also struggling with the integration of immigrants (mostly from Venezuela and Haiti). The country is also experiencing rising real estate prices (housing costs have nearly doubled in the last 10 years) and there is an enormous wealth gap in the country. And, we learned that Chileans are more reserved than some of the South American counterparts. And, of course, we tasted some yummy food, and marked the end of the tour with a Pisco Tasting. It turns out the Pisco is quite varied, going from floral to herbaceous to aged. What a great way to start our sabbatical.
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  • Day1

    Arrival in Santiago

    February 16 in Chile

    We arrived in Santiago late, tired but excited. Our hotel is called Castillo Rojo (we took a picture in the am, so you could see that it looks like an old castle). It is a boutique hotel that was opened about 4 years ago. It is actually an old house, filled with funky rooms, balconies, and lots of staircases. Fortunately, it turns out that it also has super comfy beds.

    But, before we tucked out tired bodies into bed, we set out to explore a bit. The area in which we are staying — Bella Vista — is super hip and happening, with tons of people out on the street, even though it was almost 11 pm. We explored, found an ATM (which turned out to be a bit of a challenge), and ate some ice cream (something sure to be repeated many times.). Tired and with full tummies, we returned to the hotel for some much needed sleep.Read more

  • Day81

    Shopping for lost stuff

    December 19, 2017 in Chile

    The next day morning, I got stuck with the insurance company since they didn't want to cover any of the losses so I missed the appointment at the embassy. Melinda and I reached there at around 10:15 am and were asked to come back at 11 am. In the meantime Hristo and Maria went to check around the rest of the car rental companies.
    While waiting for the appointment at the embassy, I was able to get my picture taken for the driving license and also post it via a courier to Sweden.
    We reached back at the embassy at 11 am and I got my biometrics etc done in about 20 min. After that we went to a hige mall nearby to biy some of the items to replace the ones I had lost.
    We were still shopping till the late afternoon so Maria and Hristo went for the free city tour in the meantime.
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  • Day81

    Sky Costanera

    December 19, 2017 in Chile

    We came out of the shopping mall around 5:30 pm and figured that we had spent the whole day at the base of the highest building in the southern hemisphere. We decided to go to the top floor (61st) to the viewing platform. The views were 360 degrees around and stunning. Luckily, it was a clearing day and we could see all the way to the mountains.

  • Day81

    Back to the hotel

    December 19, 2017 in Chile

    After coming down, we started our 6 km walk back to the hotel. In the meantime, Hristo managed to booked our car rental for the next day at a decent price of about 22000 CLP per day for 3 days. We reached back at about 10:30 pm and slept off.

  • Day85

    Shopping for lost stuff again

    December 23, 2017 in Chile

    The flight bookings didn't go as smoothly as we thought it would. There were 3 seats available for 200 sek while if we tried to book for 4, we were getting a price of 700 sek per person. We decided to do 3+1 booking. But, the question was, would it be beneficial to have me as the +1 ticket or part of the 3 tickets. Traveling as the only ticket, I might be in the business class so they might be a bit liberal with me not having a passport and just having the police paper. While, the flip side was that if they were not ok with it, then it would be easier to cancel one ticket than cancel one from a ticket of three. In the end, we decided to pit me among the three ticket.
    By the time we managed to get to the end of the booking it seemed that someone else had booked in the meantime so the payments didn't go through. When we checked, we found that only one ticket had gone so we decided to do a 2+2 booking. We managed to to get 2 tickets at about 200 sek per person but the tickets never arrived on the email id. In the meantime, we decided to do the other 2 bookings. These too went through at about 700 sek per person. By this time, the 1st 2 tickets had come in the email. We figured there were some delays in the mail server and hoped that the other 2 tickets would come too.

    The rest of the day Melinda and I went to the mall again to try and find the filter water bottle for both of us. After searching in and around the mall for more than 4 hours, we gave up and bought the one and only filter we had found there. It was not a filter bottle but just a filter for any kind of water with similar specs as the filter in the bottle.
    After that, we had some food, a frozen yogurt and then walked back 4 kms to the hotel. We slept off around 11 pm since we had a morning flight the next day.
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